November 1, 2004
../ WMC 2005 Dates Spark Controversy
The organizers of the Winter Music Conference announced that the 20th Anniversary of the event will take place in Miami, Florida from
March 22-26, 2005. However, Luis Puig, owner of Miami's uber-sized club Space, feels five days of amazing electronic music, incredible
talent, and no sleep, is just not enough. Puig, in an open letter to Bill Kelly, the Winter Music Conference's head-honcho, wants to
expand the event to nine days.
Puig's letter outlines seven reasons why the event's span should be expanded, but his opinion is best summed up by the opening statement,
"too many attendees, not enough time." Puig feels five days are just not enough time to adequately accommodate the throngs of electronic
music fans that flock to the event, and certainly not enough time to take in all the plethora of musical talent. In addition, he feels
that the conference misses out in attracting Spring Breakers who generally hit the beaches of Florida the week before.
While no one can argue against more great music for a longer duration, frankly many of the past attendees that we polled replied, "five
days is plenty for me, in fact, I often take a vacation after the conference, just to recover."
The Future: The WMC has simply taken on a life of its own. There are now so many ancillary events, shows, conferences, etc. that
no one organization can simply dictate what's going to take place. If Luis Puig, or anyone else, wants to throw a huge dance music festival
before or after the official dates, then nothing should stop them. Many industry veterans often come down earlier and stay later to accommodate
their intense schedules of gigs, meetings, hook-ups and other mandatory business, so they're in South Beach already. Aside from attracting
Spring Breakers, which the conference certainly does not need, it's hard to understand why Puig or anyone else needs to make the dates such
a public issue.
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